Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism - Tourism Development Section
11/30/18 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants of up to $15,000 to Arkansas counties and incorporated cities to support tourism attraction feasibility studies. Funding will support research conducted with the goal of determining the potential and possibility of specific tourism attractions within the county or city boundaries.
The feasibility study must include information on market area, the projected market support for the project, demographics of the market, estimated attendance by tourists, travel trends, economic impact of the project on the area, and a conclusion as to whether or not the project would be suitable for the area and be able to support itself financially. Tourism attraction means cultural or historical site, recreational or entertainment facility, area of natural phenomenon or scenic beauty, theme park, amusement or entertainment park, indoor or outdoor play or music show, botanical gardens, or cultural or educational centers.
GrantWatch ID#: 176585
Applicants may apply for up to $15,000.
All feasibility studies must be completed within 120 days/4 months of the awarding of the grant, or they may be considered void and canceled. The Tourism Director or his appointee may approve an extension of the completion date, but in no case may the completion date be extended beyond June 30 of the fiscal year in which the grant is awarded.
The only entities eligible to apply for financial assistance for a tourism attraction feasibility study are:
Unincorporated cities or communities must seek county sponsorship of the study. Of course, incorporated cities may submit a joint application with counties or other incorporated cities for the sponsorship of the study.
The following may not make application for the Tourism Attraction Feasibility Study Grant Program:
-Chambers of Commerce
-Regional Tourist Associations
-Advertising and Promotion Commissions
-Convention and Visitors Bureaus
-Colleges and Universities
-Other private nonprofit corporations, foundations, clubs or organizations
-Any other private entity
Only one grant per fiscal year will be allowed per applicant unless a county is applying on behalf of separate cities. Only one grant per project will be allowed during the life span of the project.
The applicant must be able to match the grant amount with a like amount of cash. In-kind contributions are ineligible as a match. Other state funds received by a city or county qualifying or utilizing funds under this program are also ineligible as a match. Grant awards will be made to eligible applicants on the basis of available appropriated funds. Each grant will be given on a matching one-for-one basis. For example, if a city applies for $15,000 in matching funds, it must be able to match the grant with $15,000.
There will be three grant award periods per fiscal year. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 PM on the last Friday in July, the last Friday in September, and the last Friday in November. All applications must be physically received in the Parks and Tourism office by these dates. Applications simply postmarked by these dates are not acceptable. Applications may be faxed but they must arrive prior to the above deadlines. If the application is faxed, all forms containing original signatures must be postmarked on or before the application deadlines. The fiscal year for the Department of Parks and Tourism is July 1 through June 30.
The application can be prepared locally or by consultants (grant preparation cannot be paid for with grant funds). The Tourism Development staff will be available to assist with any questions about the grant application.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Tourism Attraction Feasibility Study Grant Program
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Tourism Development Section
1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201